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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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Address: 191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: +1 617-223-8666
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Motor-boating
Description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston...
This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim.
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Island hopping with city views

We caught the first boat out to George's island, a 45 minute ride, not a peaceful trip as we were joined by 400 hyperactive 12 year olds on a school outing, some other people... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Moira, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We caught the first boat out to George's island, a 45 minute ride, not a peaceful trip as we were joined by 400 hyperactive 12 year olds on a school outing, some other people disembarked because of the noise. That meant it was impossible to hear the commentary on the boat. We had a chat with one of the parent... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Relaxing trip by ferry to Georges island,as the season has not started when we visited we couldn,t get the water taxis to island hop.The fort was a bit over run with school trips,but we had come for a quiet day chilling out so it didnt affect us.We hadn,t been told the cafe and shop would be closed when we booked... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Like many boat tours, there is a lot of waiting in the sun and struggling to find seating together for your group. Otherwise, the boat is comfortable and the harbor is generally smooth. We planned to spend some time walking on the island but did not because the next boat was cancelled and we could not get back to town... More 

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Huntersville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Take the boat out (pretty cheap) on a nice warm sunny day and escape the craziness that is Boston The ride out is great for pics of the Boston skyline and the islands have forts and lots of grass to lounge on and get some sun.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This is a great place to go for the day with family for a pick-nick, to lay in the sun or just explore with friends. Fort Warren has some great history and they have been restoring it over the years, so more and more is available to explore. For the best experience bring a flashlight for the darker areas in... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Very beautiful island filled with lots of history. Fort Warren was cool to explore! The ferry ride was very refreshing on a hot day.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Don't miss one of Boston's best kept secrets - easily accessible harbor islands with great history and beach amenities. A fantastic day trip for families

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Willowick, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We went to spectacle island and george island. We didn't stay for very long at Spectacle Island. The ferry trip was nice. We got some great views of the city. Our announcer may have been a little drunk. He was definitely incoherent to say the best. We spent a lot of time at George Island (fort warren) and it is... More 

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Attleboro, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We loved our time on the islands; it was a bit crowded but all in all an enjoyable location to hike. The ferry ride did not take too long; the sights of the city from the water, and then from the island were memorable.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've only been to two of the islands so far (Spectacle and George's), but I must say that the Harbor Islands are one of my favorite day trips from the city. They are easy to travel to -- just take a ferry from the waterfront -- and make for lovely picnic destinations or places to explore. You really feel like... More 

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Address: Address: 191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: +1 617-223-8666
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston

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